While I was typing up this post I decided to Google the expression “comfort food” to find out exactly what it means. This catchphrase is a noun meaning food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically having a high sugar or carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking. I love that it is associated with home cooking. My children are familiar with this meal as I’ve cooked it so often while they were growing up. Now that both my children are out the house, I do hope that if they make it for themselves, they’ll also refer to it as nostalgic comfort food.
Who would have thought that a dish dating as far back as the late 1800’s would be regarded today as one of the top ranking “comfort foods”?
Creamy Chicken a la King
For this recipe, you will need:
30 ml olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 greenpepper, sliced
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1.5 cups peas
500g skinless chicken breasts, cubed
salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 cup cream
1 cup milk
1 tbsp. butter, melted
2 tbsp. flour
Method:
1. Heat the olive oil in a medium size pot and fry the onion and mushrooms for 10 minutes.
2. Add the cubed chicken pieces and fry for a further 10 – 15 minutes till chicken is done.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
4. In a separate small bowl, combine the melted butter and flour till a smooth paste is formed.
5. Add the paste to the chicken mixture together with the remaining ingredients.
6. Stir to combine all the ingredients
7. Allow to simmer on low for 20 minutes till sauce has thickened.
8. Serve with Basmati or Jasmine Rice
Creamy chicken